Has there been a loss of the distinctiveness of religious life since Vatican II and if so, what will be the lasting effects on the ministry and mission of women religious in particular?
Br Guy Consolmagno SJ of the Vatican Observatory explains that the life of Pietro Cardinal Maffi, a former Archbishop of Pisa, was an example of the deep union of science and religion.
On the thirtieth anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s letter ‘on the role of the Christian Family in the Modern World’, Michael Campbell-Johnston SJ reflects on the understanding of love offered in Familiaris Consortio.
Michael Barnes SJ describes the way in which Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Assisi, in the footsteps of his predecessor, highlighted a continuity between the papacies of Benedict and John Paul II.
Gerry O’Hanlon SJ analyses the crisis afflicting the Church in Ireland and identifies the frustrations felt by Irish Catholics who feel that their voices are not being heard.
Rafal Huzarski describes how John Paul II was for the Poles ‘a kind of reflection of themselves’. Even without direct political intervention, how did the pope shape the course of Polish history?
How were Karol Wojtyła’s early years instrumental in shaping the thinking of a pope who ‘saw the importance of being present to the world’ and prayed side by side with the world’s faith leaders?
How did the Church's understanding of the forty days of Lent change between the Council of Nicaea in the 4th century and the Second Vatican Council?
Anthony Egan SJ suggests that while Pope Benedict’s 2010 comments about the use of condoms in the prevention of the spread of HIV do not, contrary to what has been reported, mark a break away from Catholic teaching, there is in fact a subtle innovation behind his words.
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